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Saguaro Scottsdale reopens anew for Arizona tourism season

The Saguaro hotel in Scottsdale opened its doors earlier this month after closing down earlier this year in late March in response to the unfolding global COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last five …

White Castle Scottsdale sells more than 4.2 million sliders in 1 year

JLL secures office at George Oliver boutique Scottsdale project

Peoria nurse at Abrazo Scottsdale honored for 25 years of service

AZADI Fine Rugs donates $100,000 to find COVID-19 vaccine


SRP continues to assist customers during pandemic

SRP continues to help low-income households in Queen Creek that are behind on their payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The utility put in place a seven-month COVID-19 moratorium on power …
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The incumbent: Phillips speaks to Scottsdale voters

The Scottsdale City Council candidates are days away from the end of their election, and incumbent Guy Phillips taking swings at his opponents. The General Election, Tuesday, Nov. 3, will elect …
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A new direction: Janik speaks to Scottsdale voters

Betty Janik, one of the six Scottsdale City Council candidates, says the choice for voters is clear: continue on the same path or vote for change. Ms. Janik says Scottsdale is on a path where …
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A united community: Caputi’s final plea to Scottsdale

As election day years, Scottsdale City Council candidate Tammy Caputi makes an attempt to reach voters on both sides of a divided city. In an effort to reach all of Scottsdale’s community, …

Scottsdale’s COVID-19 count continues steady climb

The Scottsdale Unified School District is reporting 40 positive cases of COVID-19 last week, as more than 200 new cases were reported across the city of Scottsdale.  As of Oct. 22, SUSD reports 77 total cases — with 40 being Oct. 19-22.
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Q&A: One-one-one with Rachel Sacco on state of the Arizona snowbird economy

Rachel Sacco, Experience Scottsdale CEO and longtime Valley of the Sun tourism advocate, offers her insights into the state of economic affairs in Scottsdale, the Town of Paradise Valley and beyond. …

Ortega: My rebuttal to RL Whitmer

Reading the diatribe written by R.L. Whitmer, it amazes me that he acknowledges knowing me for 25 years. Other than that, his accusations are total falsehoods. Firstly, Whitmer should go to …

Brown: Scottsdale PD 'non-responsive,' disconnected from society

As a retired police officer, I respect law enforcement. However, I have found the Scottsdale Police Department not only non-responsive, but unaware of what’s going on with society. On …

McCormick: Kurland is the ‘real deal’

I am a retired COO of one of America’s large law firms, headquartered in Arizona. I have lived here for over 20 years. I care a lot about this community, our economy, and Arizona’s …

Whitmer: Can Scottsdale trust Ortega?

Having known David Ortega for more than 25 years, he has always been a bit of an exaggerator, but lately his qualification claims are more like the Jon Lovitz’ pathological liar skit. First, …

Weeshoff: 3 Scottsdale Schools candidates to vote for

The most important races in an election are often the down ballot races. These races are nonpartisan and they are frequently the ones that affect our community the most. One of those is the …
Don Henninger, executive director of SCOTT

Henninger: Scottsdale voters can follow the road map

A note and some perspective for voters to consider in this year’s Scottsdale elections, and the one likely to come up next November, too.

Marchant: A ‘Little’ perspective

With our entire country seemingly at a crossroads, it can be hard to imagine a more polarized situation then the 2020 election. On all levels and on all sides, we are seeing not only additional …

Oremland: Cieniawski will help Scottsdale Schools achieve

My vote for Julie Cieniawski is a vote for what is best for Scottsdale Unified School District. As a 10-year colleague, at Desert Canyon Middle School, Julie’s dedication to her students, …

Reinert: Leading Scottsdale Schools takes special individuals

I’ve been part of the SUSD community for 25 years and have known Julie for 15 of those years. When I think of the important role a board member plays in a school community: select and work …

Holmes: Committing to quality education for Scottsdale

A commitment to the quality of our schools is a commitment to the overall quality of our community. And if we want to maintain quality schools, we must elect quality leaders who will ensure our …
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SUSD board candidates talk about how they plan to balance their duties as a board member

With the November election drawing near, the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board candidates continue to fight for a seat on the board. The candidates for this year’s election …
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Scottsdale film fans compete in two hour challenge Nov. 5

Encouraging creativity and remote teamwork, Scottsdale Community College is holding its popular Two Hour Film Challenge from 4 to 6 p.m., Nov. 5. The contest is sponsored by the SCC Film Club at …
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Scottsdale school board candidates comment on inclusion in the schools

Scottsdale Unified School District board hopefuls discuss their thoughts on diversity and equity curriculum throughout the district. Since late May, the topic of race in this country has been …
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Scottsdale Nonprofit Gets Casino Windfall

A Scottsdale nonprofit that provides the baseball experience to children, teens and adults with special needs hit the jackpot thanks to an area casino.
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Humphrey to keep learning, encouraging STEM in Chicago

As the Arizona Science Center President and CEO Chevy Humphrey prepares to embark on her next professional journey, part of that preparation is getting a winter coat.

Parenting coach releasing book to help parents with teens

Teen-parenting coach and mother of eight, Vanessa Baker, announces the pre-sale of her first book, “From Mean to Real Clean: How to Create a Fully Functional Relationship with Your Teenager.”

'Moving Day Phoenix' offers Parkinson’s services access for veterans among charity events

Supporters valleywide will gather online for the second annual, “Moving Day Phoenix” event on Saturday, Nov. 14, to raise at least $50,000 to combat Parkinson’s Disease.

OdySea Aquarium stingray recovers from emergency surgeries

A six foot, 80 pound stingray named, Bee, is alive and well today after the hard work of the OdySea Aquarium Animal Health and Animal Care teams recently performed a complex surgery on her.

The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley has announced that Steven Szenasi has been appointed general manager ahead of the resort’s late 2021 opening. As the first Ritz-Carlton to be built in North …

One Realtor says a new trend appears to be emerging in northern Arizona, where Paradise Valley and Scottsdale residents are purchasing second homes in-state as the Valley’s real estate market …
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Artist Jen Urso

Meet the Artist: Urso creates for Canal Convergence

 Jen Urso, of Phoenix, is looking forward to showcasing her talents for the Canal Convergence.
The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships are set for early next month in the East Valley. [Submitted photo]

Scottsdale’s polo championship returns Nov. 7 under new name

One of the world’s most recognizable polo events announced it has received final approval from the City of Scottsdale to return on Saturday, Nov. 7, to WestWorld of Scottsdale’s outdoor …
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15, Kierland POP continues its series of free, fun, socially-distanced activities outdoors, including live music, entertainment and arts performances, and the opportunity for holiday shopping from an artisan market.

Scottsdale’s annual Kierland Pop celebration returns modified, Nov. 13-15

This year’s fourth-annual Kierland POP Festival will happen Friday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Nov. 15 at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale, but with modified plans to accommodate public health needs.

South Scottsdale workspace hosts virtual watercolor workshop at Canal Convergence

Mary Strawn, co-founder of Scottsdale-based The Walter Hive is one of the local artists participating in Canal Convergence this November. Happening Nov. 6-15, this year’s Canal Convergence …

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Spoke Art Gallery to host Pop Art Exhibition sequel

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Spoke Art Gallery recently announced the return of the “Frank Lloyd Wright: Timeless” art exhibition, but in a new, virtual format.

Meet the Artist: Nicholas Lavella travels to Scottsdale for Canal Convergence

Interactive light installation artist Nichols Lavella is preparing to have one of his touchless art pieces, called Fences, be a part of the upcoming 2020 Canal Convergence. Happening Nov. 6-15, …

Scottsdale Dia de Los Muertos celebration returns

Scottsdale Dia de Los Muertos annual celebration is 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 at Old Adobe Mission, 3817 N. Brown Ave.
There will be an option to enjoy the ride in a “carriage” for 2-6 or 7-12 guests.

Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields shines, Nov. 23-Dec. 31

Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields kicks off on Nov. 23 with a dazzling drive-through holiday light experience, debuting to celebrate the season.
“Butter,” written by a local author, Erin Jade Lange, is set in Scottsdale and described as a whimsical, humorous look at a high-schooler named Butter who is about to make history live on the Internet, and everyone is invited to watch.

Scottsdale International Film Festival marks 20th anniversary with virtual line-up

The Scottsdale International Film Festival returns for its 20th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 6 through Tuesday, Nov. 10 as an online event showcasing 20 curated films to celebrate the milestone.

The man, the myth, the legend: Danny Zelisko tells all

Concert Promoter Danny Zelisko’s rise from everyday Chicago civilian to one of the most influential concert promoters in the southwest is a feat he owes to grit and tenacity. He grew up in a …
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